WordPress founder slams Apple for chopping off updates

 New Delhi, August 22

Apple has minimize off all updates to the WordPress app on its App Store, its Founder Matt Mullenweg tweeted on Saturday, saying Apple is not going to approve updates till his app consists of in-app cost choices.

WordPress lets individuals construct and handle web sites and blogs totally free, and likewise sells portal domains.

Mullenweg accused Apple of chopping off the power to replace the app to get its 30 per cent price on the App Store.

“Heads up on why @WordPressiOS updates have been absent… we were locked by App Store,” he tweeted.

“To be able to ship updates and bug fixes again we had to commit to support in-app purchases for .com plans. I know why this is problematic, open to suggestions,” he added.

Apple expenses App builders 30 per cent price on purchases on its App Store however paradoxically, WordPress doesn’t promote something.

“I am a big believer in the sanctity of licenses. (Open source relies on licenses and copyright.) We agreed to this license when we signed up for (and stayed in) the app store, so going to follow and abide by the rules. Not looking to skirt it, hence doing what they asked us to,” Mullenweg elaborated.

Ben Thompson who’s the proprietor of Stratechery, a subscription-based e-newsletter/podcast that includes commentary on tech and media information, additionally slammed Apple.

“I am admittedly puzzled as to why Apple is denying me updates to the open source app for my open source web site because one user of that app happens to sell domains. Also, I thought Apple wasn’t going to hold bug updates hostage anymore?” he tweeted.

“To be clear, the app doesn’t sell anything, and why would it? It’s an open source project. Apple is requiring the addition of functionality that has no plausible reason to exist,” he added.

Top media commerce physique Digital Content Next that features newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post this week joined the combat towards Apple for its unfair and allegedly anti-competitive App Store insurance policies.

News publishers joined the businesses and app builders like Fortnite sport proprietor Epic Games that has filed a lawsuit towards Apple. — IANS

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